On Tuesday night, a woman reportedly walked into an Alaska location of Subway, a popular sandwich chain known for bread that smells like recycled tires, stripped off her clothes, and went on a violent rampage, thoroughly wrecking (and possibly pooping on) the restaurant’s interior. In a real twist, police believe drugs were involved.
“She disrobed, went fully nude and kinda just went nuts,” Anchorage police sergeant Shaun Henry told local CBS affiliate KTVA. “Started breaking furniture, destroyed the store, knocked over computers, ripped the ceiling down, sprayed a fire extinguisher all over, locked herself in the bathroom for awhile, broke just about everything you could find.”
Henry added that the suspect did “a significant amount of damage” to the store, and KTVA reported an employee also found “human waste” while cleaning up the ruins of what was once a thriving bottom-tier eatery.
No one was injured during what police believe was a Spice-related freakout. The drug, a sketchy offshoot of synthetic weed, has become a significant problem for Alaska’s emergency services in recent months, prompting the state to ask for federal help with the epidemic.
“From July 18 to Sept. 27, suspected Spice use comprised 10 percent of all Anchorage Fire Department emergency transports,” the Anchorage Daily News reported. Emergency medical services in Anchorage have reported seeing “more Spice now than meth and heroin combined.”
Symptoms range from becoming lethargic and passing out to violent outbursts like, allegedly, the one in Subway Tuesday night.
The drug hasn’t been criminalized, so all police can do for the moment is issue a $500 fine for selling it and charge users for any crimes they commit while they’re on it. It’s also cheap as hell—$5 to $10 per stick—so it’s disproportionately affecting the poor and homeless.
If the drug was involved in Tuesday’s incident, this would be likely the most spice ever seen in or around a Subway restaurant.